Category Archives: Family Computing

Cleaning out the Cobwebs – Groundhog edition

Periodically, I’ve collect enough varied topics for the Helpdesk that I need to clear them out.  Since the groundhog has just seen his shadow in Punxsutawney, PA (the only true weather prognosticating groundhog), here’s my latest attempt to clean out the cobwebs: Hackers steal over a billion passwords There was a Lifehacker story from last …

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It’s been quite a year … On to 2015!

As 2014 closes, it occurs that it has been quite a year technologically for good and bad.  Here are some thoughts as we move into 2015: Malware, Breaches, Oh My! As I predicted in last year’s New Year’s post, security and privacy has commanded center stage. The Sony attack is but one incident that has proven …

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Password Managers — Worth it?

Given all the news lately about login accounts getting hacked, its time to discuss password managers and the advantages and disadvantages of using a password manager. Overall, my impression with password managers is that it’s generally a good idea to use one to manage passwords for websites and to have secure access to information that you …

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Your technical New Year’s resolutions

Well, the “holidays” are pretty much over as I write this and I hope you and yours have had a wonderful and safe holiday season. One of the final holiday traditions involves taking stock and figuring out what changes you’d like to make for the New Year. What are your New Year’s resolutions?  Common resolutions …

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FLASH: Amazon phishing email

T’is the season for giving and if you’re family is like ours, you’ll be buying a number of things from Amazon,  or other on-line retail outlets.  I just received this email notice. Given the number of email notifications I’ve been receiving from Amazon lately, I was in auto-pilot and almost clicked on the attachment to …

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When science fiction is truly prescient

There is an excellent article in this morning’s Boston Globe entitled The Screen Zombies by Carlo Rotella.   It’s a short read and touches on something that has always fascinated me: What will come true in science fiction?  There are plenty of examples of science fiction predicting the future, like the computer and communicator (see image) on the …

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The middle child of the technology family: Bluetooth

I just purchased a new Bose Wave radio with a Bluetooth attachment and I’m really impressed.  I’m a heavy listener to SiriusXM  both in my car and over the Net.   I’ve been tempted to acquire a satellite radio for the house.  However, it’s complicated and expensive on a yearly basis, so I’ve been reluctant. …

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Remote access

There are times that I’d really like to access a given computer from a remote location.   Remote access is tremendously valuable, especially if you perform as the family helpdesk.  This is a technology has been available on the corporate level for many years, but many folks aren’t aware of similar offerings for the home …

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Can you get electrocuted by your phone’s charger?

A week or so ago, there was a very sad story about a woman in China who’s father has alleged that she was electrocuted by using her iPhone while it was charging.  This is very alarming to many of the 600 Million iPhone users, not to mention the iPad, Android and other smart phones and …

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iCloud email censorship

Jared Newman of Time magazine published an  article that indicates that iCloud email accounts are being censored by Apple prior to delivery.  The company appears to be looking for inappropriate or “naughty” language and if found, silently deleting the message without any indication to either the sender or receiver that the message has been trashed. The …

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